Chicago Loop Alliance celebrates ten years with announcements about 2015
Chicago Loop Alliance rang in the first day of spring with an Annual Meeting celebrating the tenth anniversary of the organization. The meeting summarized last year’s accomplishments, but also presented a preview of what's to come in 2015. We summarized a few of the exciting announcements below.
To download a copy of Chicago Loop Alliance's 2014 Annual Report, click here.
Springboard Pedestrian & Vehicular Counters
As the sole service provider for Special Service Area (SSA) #1, Chicago Loop Alliance announced plans to install new pedestrian and vehicular counters along State Street from Wacker Drive to Congress Parkway in June 2015. Working under a three-year contract with UK-based Springboard, CLA will use the automated system to provide the first update to State Street numbers since the City of Chicago’s manual calculation in 2007.
Springboard’s critical real-time information on pedestrian and vehicular activity will highlight the value of State Street investments to retail brokers, building owners and store managers. Under CLA’s management, the State Street district will be the first in Illinois to use this advanced counting technology, joining other robust business districts like Times Square in New York.
Loop Placemaking Initiative
In his keynote presentation, incoming CLA Board Chairman David Broz also revealed plans to grow the Loop Placemaking Initiative—an expansive series of innovative public space activations that continue the organization’s commitment to create, manage and promote high-performing urban experiences in downtown Chicago. Programming for 2015 will include the reopening of The Gateway to the Loop, ongoing programming in Pritzker Park and the return of ACTIVATE, CLA’s popular monthly urban celebrations in alleys. This year, attendees will be encouraged to “Linger Longer” by taking part in special offers from Loop businesses before and after each ACTIVATE event.
Beginning in 2015, Chicago Loop Alliance is rolling out a new tool called the LoopedIn Member Dashboard to all members as part of our push to make communicating and collaborating with colleagues in the Loop easier than ever. The Dashboard allows members to view contact information for more than 600 professionals who are part of CLA’s network; download research and reports; and register for exclusive networking events.
LoopedIn Networking Events have become essential ways for Chicago Loop Alliance members to explore new spaces in the Loop, expand their businesses, and make valuable connections. 2015 events announced today include an upcoming Leadership Forum on the economic impact of parks on the Loop area, taking place on May 6; an exclusive LoopedIn Networking Event at Virgin Hotels on May 21; and Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation's 11th Annual Gala on September 25. More details about these events will be announced soon.
Chicago Loop Alliance's President & CEO, Michael Edwards, also reflected on the success of 2014. Last year CLA’s Clean Team collected nearly 25 tons of litter and shoveled over 80 inches of snow from State Street’s sidewalks; CLA’s Street Team Ambassadors interacted more than 4,600 times with the homeless and 7,700 times with panhandlers, and provided assistance to nearly 16,500 visitors along State Street; and CLA’s ACTIVATE series generated nearly $400,000 in economic impact to Loop businesses. A full copy of CLA’s 2014 Annual Report is available here.